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Assessment

The Power of Pairs

Consolidating and extending learning opportunities with peer partner work in the classroom

Thanks to Ruth Duckworth, Year 6 teacher and Writing Lead, and Kate Sanghera, Year 6 teacher and Science lead, from Christchurch CE Primary School for the following article.

Some assessments focusing on pupils’ ability to ‘speak and listen’ effectively have diminished recently – especially with the reduction in teacher assessments required to be reported at the end of key stage two.  This should not mean, however, that we begin to lose sight of the valuable contribution which paired oral language opportunities, work tasks and challenges, as well as peer assessments can make in both consolidating and moving on children’s learning.  The benefits of mixed-ability paired groupings can be particularly effective for all learners.

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Curriculum

New Ofsted Draft Inspection Framework

Last week, Ofsted announced their new draft inspection framework for 2019. Read our helpful summary of the inspection framework and find out how Rising Stars can help you meet the standards of it.

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Curriculum

Countdown to Christmas with Rising Stars

We've got 12 festive freebies to give away this December. Visit the Festive Freebies webpage each day to discover discounts, free classroom activities and a few special surprises!

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Assessment

New partnership between our standardised tests and Arbor's cloud-based MIS

 

We are delighted to announce the new partnership between our standardised tests for primary schools and Arbor's cloud-based MIS for schools & MATs.

Our standardised tests for primary schools

Our standardised tests, PiRA and PUMA, are a key component of many primary school improvement strategies, helping key stakeholders to track pupils’ in-year progress and benchmark against age-related expectations.

 

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Curriculum

Top Tips for Writing & Grammar Intervention

Catherine Casey, co-author of On Track English: Writing and Grammar, take us through her top tips for writing and grammar intervention. Read more »
Assessment

The effects of age, gender and school type of primary maths and reading attainment

 

From Katie Blainey, Publishing Director, RS Assessment from Hodder Education

Thousands of primary schools are now using PiRA and PUMA to get rich termly data that highlights pupils’ strengths and weaknesses, which helps support tailored teaching and learning throughout primary school years. In the last few years MARK (My Assessment and Reporting Kit) has become an increasingly popular support for schools to enter their test results and quickly analyse data for pupils, classes and the whole school. As the number of results in the MARK database increased we wanted to see if any trends were emerging at an aggregated level, as we know large data sets of this size are rare.

 

 

 

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Assessment

The effects of age, gender and school type of primary maths and reading attainment

RS Assessment from Hodder Education have worked with SchoolDash to provide a high-level analysis of over 1.5 million anonymous termly standardised test results from the MARK database.

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Curriculum

Top Tips for Teaching Comprehension

Dee Reid, author of On Track English: Reading Comprehension, take us through her top tips for teaching reading comprehension and encouraging a love of reading in children. Read more »
Curriculum

Blubber Away!

Enjoy this free practical science lesson with your class and show them how animals have adapted to their environment.

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Curriculum

Anti-bullying week: 12th - 16th November

Next week is Anti-bullying week. We know it's important to make sure your child feels happy and safe at school and online at home so we've compiled some helpful resources to help you ensure your child's online safety.

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